The International DN-1 course features a brief introduction to the history of dry needling, trigger points, and myofascial pain, an in-depth review of possible adverse events, the OSHA Bloodborne Pathogen Standards within the context of dry needling, and an introduction to relevant pain sciences.

Many muscles commonly addressed in clinical practice are included, such as the infraspinatus, upper trapezius, deltoid, sternocleidomastoid, triceps, biceps, brachialis, coracobrachialis, levator scapulae, latissimus dorsi (partially), teres major and minor, supraspinatus, subscapularis, pectoralis major and minor, brachioradialis, wrist extensors and flexors, supinator and anconeus, and pronator teres muscles. Furthermore, clinicians will learn how to safely needle the posterior neck muscles, the oblique capitis inferior, cervical, thoracic, and lumbar multifidi, the quadratus lumborum, psoas major, lumbar iliocostalis, the gluteal muscles (minimus, medius, and maximus), the tensor fascia latae, the hip adductor muscles, the quadriceps and hamstrings, and gastrocnemius and soleus muscles.

Students will review the anatomy, function, and dry needling techniques for each muscle.

The International Dry Needling 1 course is the first course in a 2-course series offered by Myopain Seminars outside the United States to attain certification as a Certified Myofascial Trigger Point Therapist – Dry Needling (CMTPT/DN).

To set up Myopain Seminars courses in your country, feel free to contact us, and we will start exploring what options we may have available.


None. All participants must meet the legal requirements to use dry needling in clinical practice of the country where the courses are conducted.

Required Textbook

Trigger Point Dry Needling: An Evidence and Clinical-Based Approach, 2nd Edition By Jan Dommerholt and Fernández-de-las-Peñas.

Required Reading

Please read the following chapters from the required textbook prior to class: Chapters 1- 6 and sections of chapters 7-12 describing the muscles that are included in the International DN-1 course.

Who Should Attend

Practicing clinicians from the following professions:

Physical Therapists
Physician Assistants
Occupational Therapists
Athletic Trainers
Nurse Practitioners
Physical Therapy Assistants and Occupational Therapy Assistants are not eligible to attend any Myopain Seminars dry needling courses.

Course CEUs

The Myopain Seminars DN courses have been approved by multiple US state boards and chapters of the American Physical Therapy Association.


All registrations are handled by the course organizers in each individual country. Only on rare occasions will Myopain Seminars handle course registrations. The fees for the International DN course program will be determined by the local course organizers.